AMCS acquires Dossier Systems
Philadelphia-based Dossier Systems is a provider of fleet maintenance management software for the surface transportation industry. Dossier’s cloud-based solution automates the control and administration of fleet vehicles and other assets and helps increase productivity while promoting cost-savings through the generation of customizable reports, AMCS says. The company adds that Dossier fleet maintenance software helps companies to reduce downtime and maintenance costs, extend life of equipment, reduce parts costs and inventory, increase productivity and reduce fuel and tire costs.
Following the acquisition, the Dossier Systems’ team of approximately 50 professionals, including its management team, will join AMCS. More than 750 new customers will be added to the existing AMCS customer base.
“We are very excited to expand our business with the acquisition of Dossier Systems, a brand that has earned a national reputation in North America as one of the most trusted names in the industry for fleet management maintenance management software,” Jimmy Martin, CEO and co-founder of the AMCS Group, says. “This acquisition will enable us to deliver and support Dossier’s unique SaaS (software as a service) solution for fleet maintenance on a global scale. We will be bringing the solution to the AMCS Platform, where we envision integrations with our current solutions, including ERP (enterprise resource planning), smart dispatch, mobile workforce, vehicle technology and route optimization, so customers can benefit from a unique set of integrated capabilities. We look forward to welcoming new team members and integrating our combined teams under AMCS while continuing to innovate and grow in response to global demand.”
“I’m excited for Dossier to become part of AMCS and believe our customers and staff can look forward to a bright future,” Jack Boetefuer, CEO and owner of Dossier Systems, says.
He continues, “Personally, I’m honored to have had the opportunity to lead our wonderful team to this point. Dossier’s reputation for excellence in fleet maintenance management has been earned through lots of hard work and dedication going back to our beginnings in 1979—I fully expect that to continue under Jimmy’s leadership. Dossier is in good hands.”
Torxx expands presence in US market
Torxx Kinetic Pulverizer Ltd., headquartered in Vaughan, Ontario, has announced it is increasing its commitment to the U.S. market through Torxx Kinetic Inc., its recently formed and wholly owned subsidiary based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“Pandemic-related travel restrictions hindered growth, with our North American headquarters in Canada and most of our customers and new opportunities in the states,” says Torxx Vice President of Sales and Business Development Terri Ward. “We’re maintaining a presence in Toronto with engineering and service resources. However, key personnel and new hires are now in the U.S., making it much easier to collaborate and respond to customer needs.”
She adds, “We were attracted to the ‘Scenic City’ because of its favorable manufacturing and transportation resources, proximity to our customers and its appeal to our valued employees.”
The Torxx Kinetic Pulverizer is a patented size-reduction technology that relies on aerodynamics and matter-on-matter collisions to achieve fine sizing of materials. Feedstock is agitated in the machine by the formation of vortices, which create enough force for material to shatter against itself. Brittle material is reduced to finer particles, while ductile material remains larger. This size differential facilitates the liberation and mechanical separation of contaminants, allowing landfill diversion and recovery.
According to a news release from the company, the Torxx Kinetic Pulverizer maximizes value by transforming off-spec compost, material recovery facility fines, municipal solid waste fines, C&D fines, mixed glass, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard and other complex materials into usable end products.
PTO declares Green Machine patent invalid
In late October of last year, Green Machine Sales LLC, Whitney Point, New York, asked a North Carolina court to dismiss the lawsuit the company filed in the spring of 2019 against Plessisville, Quebec-based Machinex Industries Inc. and its North Carolina-based U.S. subsidiary, Machinex Technologies Inc.
The request follows the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) declaration that Green Machine’s U.S. Patent 9,950,346 (the ’346 patent) for its Green Eye Optical Sorter is invalid.
Chris Hawn, CEO of Machinex Technologies Inc., says he felt strongly that Machinex would prevail in the case. “We knew and felt strongly that the case was what it was,” he tells Recycling Today. “It was a shame to spend so much time and energy on it. We are moving forward.”
Machinex petitioned the PTO to review patent ’346, which was issued to JJG IP Holdings LLC of Hampstead, New Hampshire, April 24, 2018, after being filed April 23, 2014, and concerns a system for “the identification and separation of heterogeneous material, the system comprising: a hyperspectral identification system for capturing spectra of material; a computer receiving and analyzing data from the hyperspectral identification system and selecting desired materials from the heterogeneous materials; and an ejection system, whereby the desired materials are ejected from the system.” The inventors are listed as John F. Green of Baldwinsville, New York, and Peter A. Mendre of Haverhill, Massachusetts.
The PTO’s Oct. 4 decision that invalidated Green Machine’s patent ’346 comes down to the existence of prior artwork, with the PTO concluding, “Weighing the evidence of the disclosure of the references, the competing testimony and the reasoning to combine the references, we determine that Petitioner has shown by a preponderance of the evidence that claims 1-16 of the ’346 patent are unpatentable.”
In the Oct. 21 filing with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District Of North Carolina, JJG IP Holdings LLP and Green Machine Sales LLC say they “stipulate to the dismissal, with prejudice, of all claims asserted by the Plaintiffs against the Defendants, with each party bearing its own costs and attorney’s fees incurred in connection with the claims asserted.”
They add that they “further jointly stipulate to the dismissal, without prejudice, of all counterclaims asserted by the Defendants against the Plaintiffs, with each party bearing its own costs and attorney’s fees incurred in connection with the claims asserted.”
Green Machine did not return Recycling Today’s request for comment on the matter.
Metso Outotec finalizes divestment of its Waste Recycling business
Finnish company Metso Outotec completed the divestment of its Waste Recycling business to Helsinki-based Ahlström Capital’s fully owned investment company Ahlstrom Capital BV Dec. 1.
Under Ahlström, the business will operate under the name M&J Recycling and will be headquartered in Horsens, Denmark. The planned sale was announced in mid-July.
The company specializes in the design and manufacture of industrial waste shredders and has more than 1,000 installations worldwide.
Uffe Hansen, previously a member of Metso Outotec’s executive team (MOET), will continue to head M&J Recycling, therefore his employment at Metso Outotec and as a member of MOET will end.
All current employees of the business, approximately 120 people, have transferred to the new company in connection with the transaction.
“M&J Recycling is well-positioned to drive sustainable development in our portfolio,” says Lasse Heinonen, president and CEO of Ahlström Capital, in a news release from the company announcing the closing of the transaction. “Ahlström Capital invests in companies that can develop into leaders in their own industry, and we see good value creation potential in M&J Recycling.”
He adds, “We want to welcome Uffe Hansen and his team, as well as the new Chairman of the Board Carsten Nygaard Knudsen to the Ahlström Capital network.”
Hansen says, “With Ahlström Capital as the new owner of M&J Recycling, we can unleash the full potential of our business. We have been showing strong growth over several years, and the recycling business is booming. We can now increase our focus and investments in both market presence, portfolio and organization to support both organic and inorganic growth going forward.”